Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush

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Ellis Copeland | 03 December, 2018, 20:11

FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington.

Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, posted an image of Sully next to Bush's casket on Sunday along with the caption, "Mission complete".

Bush received the two-year-old Labrador in June from America's VetDogs charity.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, died on Friday night at the age of 94 - just eight months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Sully will return to America's VetDogs in NY before joining the Water Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program.

In Washington, Bush will lie in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol tomorrow and Wednesday.

The casket will then be flown back on the presidential plane to Houston, where the former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church - where the Bushes worshiped for decades - until a funeral service at 1700 GMT Thursday.

Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning. "I count myself lucky for many reasons; but for the opportunity to call George Bush a mentor, I can't help but think I'm the luckiest man in America".

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Bush's casket will then be transported by motorcade to the presidential library, where he will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

The 54-year-old mother of two - America's first African American first lady and wife of the first black United States president - is wildly popular at home and overseas, loved for her warm personality, intelligence and women's activism.

Mr Bush was a decorated World War II pilot, diplomat and onetime Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams.

Sully is named after former airline pilot Chesley B. Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service. But he offered nothing but praise in the hours after the former president's death was announced.

Bush visits a tent camp for natural disaster survivors on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2006.

Bush replied: 'Good, that's where I want to go'.

"And 41 said, 'I love you, too, ' and those were the last words that he ever spoke", Baker said.

Speaking to the media, America's VetDogs said Sully will stay at their NY headquarters over the festive season and then undergo physical and occupational therapy. Other Bush family members are expected to be at the Maryland military base for the arrival.

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